Els joined IHS in January 2015 as a member of the Urban Strategies and Planning specialization team. She holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and an Additional Master’s degree in Cultures and Development Studies.
Before joining IHS, Els worked with GIZ, the German Development Agency. For 4 years, she assisted 3 municipalities in the centre of Mozambique in developing their master plan and detailed neighbourhood plans; setting up a basic GIS land register; enhancing land register software; and improving the related process management. Before that, she worked for over 2 years in Uganda through the Belgian Development Agency (BTC). She was part of the project management team of Kampala Integrated Environmental Planning and Management Project (KIEMP), an urban upgrading project in 3 neighbourhoods in Kampala, which aimed at improving infrastructure and housing conditions; behavioural change in the use, operation and maintenance of local infrastructure and building capacity of Kampala City Council in environmental planning and management.